Agroscope and the private research and technology company CSEM plan to intensify their collaboration. The two research organisations want to tap into the potential synergies that micro- and nanotechnologies, microelectronics, photovoltaics and communications technologies can offer for industry, agriculture, and the environment. The plan is to work together to create instruments and processes that will improve agricultural productivity while conserving natural resources.
At the invitation of Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, Ministers in charge of WTO affairs and WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo met today in Davos. The purpose of the informal gathering was to discuss the negotiating agenda for 2015 in view of a conclusion of the Doha Round.
The head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research, Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, today met his Chinese counterpart, Gao Hucheng, in the run-up to the WEF Annual Meeting. A good six months after the free trade agreement came into effect, the two ministers noted during their talks in Zurich that exporters were making good use of the new arrangement. Other subjects addressed included the appreciation of the franc following the lifting of the minimum exchange rate against the euro, and the future of World Trade Organization WTO negotiations.
Effective environmental management depends on a detailed knowledge of the distribution of species. But taxonomists are in short supply, and some species can be difficult to identify, even for experts. Eawag, in collaboration with Canton Zurich, is now pursuing a new approach for species identification, requiring no more than samples of DNA shed into the environment.